with Jenny Rose Baker, Julie Benko, Melanie Brook, Virginia Cavaliere, Jessica Crouch, Marisa Dargahi, Brandon Ellis, LaVon Fisher-Wilson, Hephaestus, Joey LaVarco, Ben Liebert, Elyssa Brette Mactas, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Clinton Roane, Brian Charles Rooney, Dominique Scott, Daniel Patrick Smith & Josephine Spada

Mon October 5th, 2015


Main Space

Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 6:00PM

Show Time: 6:40PM

Event Ticket: $25/$30/$50

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BOOKTRESS LLC has launched – and what better way to kick off the hottest new resource for working actors in NYC?! A launch concert party, of course.
Prepare to be taken behind the scenes of “making it” on Broadway – getting the inside scoop on what the path to Broadway entails – the ups, the downs, and all the roadblocks in between. BOOKTRESS Offline will make you laugh, maybe make you cry, and take you through the “booking” stories (and “almost-booking” stories) of some of the greatest Broadway stars and brightest performers working in New York City. After sharing their stories, the artists will be performing songs from the Broadway shows they booked, in addition to some brand new mash-ups and show-stopping medleys!
The show will be hosted by Booktress Founder and Off-Broadway actress Elyssa Brette Mactas with a surprise co-host, and will feature:
Melanie Brook (50 SHADES! The Musical Parody)
Virginia Cavaliere (IN THE HEIGHTS Nat’l Tour, MAMMA MIA! Las Vegas)
Jessica Crouch (WE WILL ROCK YOU Nat’l Tour)
Brandon Ellis (ONCE, COMPANY)
Joey LaVarco (13 THE MUSICAL)
Ben Liebert (WICKED)
Brian Charles Rooney (THE THREEPENNY OPERA, NY Philharmonic’s CAMELOT)
Dominique Scott (ROCK OF AGES Nat’l Tour)
Daniel Patrick Smith (ELF THE MUSICAL Nat’l Tour)
Josephine Spada (AMERICAN IDIOT Nat’l Tour)
…PLUS a sneak peak performance from the upcoming Off-Broadway Musical WHO’S YOUR BAGHDADDY?! OR HOW I STARTED THE IRAQ WAR by Marshall Pailet & A.D. Penedo.
Produced by Megan Minutillo and Elyssa Mactas, with musical direction by Luke Williams (ANYTHING GOES NAT’L TOUR), this will be an evening to remember. You’ll get to hear behind the scenes stories that are usually kept under wraps, musical theatre and pop/rock songs from some of Broadway’s most successful shows, and get to know what the journey of scoring that dream role is like…or, almost like! Then it’s time to party with the performers and celebrate the launch of this innovative exciting company. There will be prizes, medleys, mash-ups, and surprises at this jam-packed evening in one of the best concert/party venues in New York City!
BOOKTRESS Offline: The Official Launch Concert Party is set for Monday, October 5th at (Le) Poisson Rouge, located at 158 Bleecker Street. Doors will open at 6pm, special guest Hephaestus Improv will kick off the party at 6:40pm, and BOOKTRESS Offline begins at 7pm.
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BOOKTRESS Offline: The Official Launch Concert Party
BOOKTRESS LLC is a brand new NY based company, and the very first of its kind. BOOKTRESS provides an artistic services appointment booking online platform utilizing the skills of freelance professionals “BookPros” who enter their availability each week into the “BookCal” where clients can book customized appointments/deadlines for anything you can think of: Videography, Photography, Accompaniment (Piano & Guitar), Audition Cuts, Rehearsal Tracks, Transcription, Transposition, Retouching, Video & Audio Editing, Coaching (Vocal, Acting, Musical Theatre, Voiceover, Audition Prep, Grad School Prep, Repertoire Building, you name it), Stylists, Readers, Studio Space, and more – with live chat Help and with same-day bookings available. It is a GAMECHANGER for working actors!
Learn more about Booktress and be the first to know about updates and news:
Booktress official site
Booktress on Facebook
@BooktressNYC on Twitter
@BooktressNYC on Instagram
$50 VIP Seating
$30 Seated
$25 Standing Room
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Hephaestus Improv: 6:40pm
BOOKTRESS Offline: 7:00pm
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. By purchasing a “Table Seating” ticket you agree to also purchase a minimum of two food and/or beverage items per person. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.
This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s streaming channel, beginning at 6:40pm.

the artists the artists

Loni Ackerman

Loni Ackerman’s magnetism and dynamic vocal prowess as a Broadway musical theater star has made her a longtime favorite of Broadway theatergoers. She captivated New York audiences in such coveted roles as Eva in Evita and Grizabella in Cats. Other Broadway credits include leading roles in The Magic Show, So Long, 174th Street, No, No, Nanette, and George M!. She was in the original cast of Starting Here, Starting Now and appeared Off-Broadway in Diamonds, The Petrified Prince (both under the direction of Hal Prince), Brownstone, and Dames At Sea. She is married to TONY AWARD winning Sound Designer Steve Kennedy and has two sons, Jack and George.

Jenny Rose Baker

Jenny Rose Baker – Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (Upcoming), Annie Get Your Gun. Workshops/Regional: We Are the Tigers, Bye Bye Birdie (Roundabout), Warsaw (NYMF), I Am Anne Frank (as Anne Frank), Derma (Spoleto Festival). Concert Series: Broadway Divas with symphonies around the country, and Marvin Hamlisch’s Haunted Hamlisch series with the National Symphony Orchestra (Kennedy Center) and the San Diego Symphony. Other: Cutting Edge Composers and the “Star Spangled Banner” at Madison Square Garden.

Julie Benko

Julie Benko will be seen on Broadway in this fall’s upcoming revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway/National Tour credits include Les Misérables and Spring Awakening. Favorite regional productions include The Golem of Havana (Barrington Stage), Les Misérables (North Carolina Theater, Amarillo Opera), The 25th…Spelling Bee (Downtown Cabaret), and The Wizard of Oz (Downtown Cabaret). Additionally, Julie often performs as a jazz singer and cabaret artist at venues throughout the Northeast. She holds a BFA with Honors from NYU Tisch. You can discover more about Julie by visiting her website, and following her on Twitter/Instagram @JewJewJewlie.

Melanie Brook

Melanie Brook was most recently seen Off-Broadway & on the National Tour of 50 Shades The Musical. She also wrote and starred in her debut solo show, #WHOISMELANIEBROOK, at 54 Below. You can catch her on season two of “The Knick” (Cinemax, directed by Steven Soderbergh), and she can also be seen killing a lot of people in the upcoming feature film Viral.
Melanie Brook official site

Virginia Cavaliere

Virginia Cavaliere is a NYC beltress who spent the summer living her pop star dreams touring with MTV’s Todrick Hall as a lead vocalist. Past credits include Nina on the National Tour of In the Heights, Mamma Mia Las Vegas, and Dora in the Off-Broadway musical, The Yellow Brick Road. Most recently, she finished playing Vashty in a reading of the new musical JONI directed by Gina Rattan.

Jessica Crouch

Jessica Crouch – National Tour: We Will Rock You (u/s Killer Queen, Oz), All Shook Up (u/s Miss Sandra) Regional Highlights: Hair (Sacramento Music Circus), Vibrata in A Funny Thing…Forum (Bay Street Theatre), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (PCPA Theatrefest, Palace Theatre), and Allison in Bingo! (California Musical Theatre).

Marisa Dargahi

MARISA DARGAHI is a professional actor, singer and voiceover artist. She attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts as a drama major and received her B.F.A. in Acting from Ithaca College. She has performed regionally, internationally and here in NYC. Marisa has voiced numerous national commercials for television and radio. Some clients include Walmart, Coca-Cola, Geico, Nivea, Almay, Visa, McDonalds and more. Marisa loves coaching and is excited to share the tools that have kept her working in the voiceover industry since 2009.
Marisa Dargahi official site

Brandon Ellis

Brandon Ellis – Training: UNCG BFA in Acting. Broadway credits include: ONCE the Musical (Original Broadway Cast); Company 06’ (Tony Award Best Revival). Off-Broadway credits include: BALLS…the musical? (Writer/Actor). TV/Film credits include: “30 Rock,” Naked Brother’s Band, She Wolf Rising.

LaVon Fisher-Wilson

LaVon Fisher-Wilson has appeared on Broadway as Medda Larkin in Newsies, Sophia in The Color Purple and Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago. Regional credits include Once on This Island, Jelly’s Last Jam, Dreamgirls, Three Mo’ Tenors, The Rocky Horror Show, Crowns, and Hello Dolly.


Hephaestus, named after the Greek God of blacksmiths, is an improv comedy team that met while taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, NY. They host a free comedic variety show on the first Thursday of every month at Slake (30th btw 7th and 8th) and can also be seen at several other venues around the city! Team Members include: Shannon Burke, Sophie Hirsh, Ben Kaiser, Brett Kline, Ashley Masula, Lianna Nielsen, Todd Rizley, Evan Samuels, Bill Schaefer, Paul Terkel, and Jordan Westra.
Hephaestus official site
Hephaestus on Facebook

Joey LaVarco

Joey LaVarco is thrilled to be a part of celebrating Booktress Offline! Broadway credits include: 13 the Musical, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional/Tour: 13 (Goodspeed), Radio City Xmas (Nat’l Tour), The New Kid (The York Theatre Company), Trailblazers (NYMF). Film/TV: “30 Rock” (Young Jack), Jaded (Tribeca Film), and various voices on Nick Jr.’s “The Wonderpets.”

Ben Liebert

BEN LIEBERT made his Broadway debut as Boq in Wicked, a role he also played on tour. Favorite credits include Young Frankenstein (Igor), The Producers (Carmen Ghia), Full Monty (Malcolm), Grease (Eugene, internat’l tour), Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie), Next to Normal (Henry), and Guys and Dolls (Big Jule). Ben originated the role of Salee in The Christmas Rose at Carnegie Hall can be heard on the world premiere recording of Victor Herbert’s Orange Blossoms. Ben serves as an Actors’ Equity Chorus Councillor, directs the rock show Viper plays the Top Gun Soundtrack Live, and serves as career coach with The Biz of Show.
Ben Liebert official site

Elyssa Brette Mactas

ELYSSA BRETTE MACTAS was watching a little too much “Shark Tank” when she got the self-submit callback that hatched an idea finally bringing her odd combination of Musical Theatre Major and Computer Applications Minor to use. (Thanks for insisting, Mom & Dad!) In addition to founding and managing Booktress LLC, Elyssa is an actress/singer who digs the stage and screen. Recent Developmental Credits: MEAN The Musical (Jinx), By Wheel and By Wing (Esther Parnes), The Happy Hooker (Flavia), CHIX 6 (Blaze). Selected NY Stage: In Trousers (Miss Goldberg), The Yellow Brick Road (La Bruja), columbinus (Perfect), Once On This Island (Asaka). Selected Film/TV: A.C.O.D., Free The Nipple, “The Haunting Of,” “My Crazy Love.” Elyssa also performs regularly as a vocalist at such venues as 54 Below, The Cutting Room, Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, The Laurie Beechman, Joe’s Pub, Stage 72, Tammany Hall, and Toshi’s Livingroom. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch, and is a proud member of AEA.
Elyssa Brette Mactas official site
@elyssabrette on Twitter
@elyssamac on Instagram

Ellyn Marie Marsh

Ellyn Marie Marsh – Broadway: Kinky Boots, Enron, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Lots of other fun stuff along the way. Everything made possible by husband Travas and daughter Lola.
@ellynmarsh on Twitter

Clinton Roane

Clinton Roane made his Broadway debut in the final musical collaboration of Kander & Ebb, The Scottsboro Boys, which garnered 12 Tony nominations. He’s had the honor of working at some of the country’s premier regional theaters including Goodspeed Musicals, The Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, The Cleveland Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theatre, Arena Stage, and The Philadelphia Theatre Company where he earned a Barrymore Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Roy Wright in The Scottsboro Boys. He also starred in the U.K. premiere of the show at the Young Vic Theatre which earned 6 Olivier nominations.
Clinton Roane official site

Brian Charles Rooney

Brian Charles Rooney was recently lauded by The New York Times for his performance as Dionne Salon in the hit Off-Broadway musical Bedbugs!!! He made his Broadway debut as Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera (Roundabout Theatre Co.) and won The CT Critics Circle Award for “Best Actor in a Musical” as Candy Darling in POP! (Yale Repertory). He has won two NY Musical Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance Awards: Bedbugs!!! (2008) & Bayonets of Angst (2014). Other credits include: Guys & Dolls, in Concert (Carnegie Hall); Camelot, Live from Lincoln Center, and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert (both for PBS); and the upcoming The UnCivil War, co-starring Tony nominee, J. Robert Spencer.
@BCR_Octaves on Twitter

Dominique Scott

Dominique Scott has been rocking America as Drew Boley in the National Tour of Rock of Ages for the past 3 years. Dominique recently released his chart-topping debut album “Carousel” with his band Domin8trx, which can be purchased at his website, on iTunes, and everywhere else. For pictures, music, and more info on Dom, please visit domscott.com.
Dominique Scott on Facebook
@domscottrocks on Twitter

Daniel Patrick Smith

Daniel Patrick Smith – Buddy the Elf in the national tour of Elf the Musical! Other credits include: Orin and others in Little Shop of Horrors at the Sharon Playhouse; Greg Brady in Brady vs. Partridge: the Bardy Bunch at 54 Below; and Ferdinand in The Tempest with the New York Classical Theatre. BFA from NYU’s Tisch.
Daniel Patrick Smith official site

Josephine Spada

Josephine Spada is a recent grad from the Drama program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Recent credits include the American Idiot National Tour (Too Much Too Soon), Rent (Maureen and Joanne u/s), All Shook Up (Sandra), and Pyre Cantata (Ismene). Love to her family.
Josephine Spada official site

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